Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky

UCI President Lappartient wants investigation into Team Sky

This was within World Anti-Doping Agency rules as Wiggins had the relevant therapeutic use exemption (TUE) certificate for the medication.

"If I was in a different team, maybe it wouldn't - but the way the world is at the moment, it's going to come out and people are going to judge me on that".

"Can we get to the bottom of this?"

Former Tour de France victor Bradley Wiggins says he is the victim of a "malicious" attempt to smear his reputation, vehemently denying he has cheated during his glittering career which also features five Olympic gold medals.

Four-time Tour de France victor Froome finished 10th in February's Ruta del Sol race, his first since an adverse drugs test was made public.

"It is frustrating getting these questions but that wouldn't be a reason to leave".

The American delivered a scathing assessment of the former Olympic champion and Dave Brailsford, the Team Sky principal, who remained silent amid further calls for his resignation. If I were running a business and wanted to keep its image positive, I would have left Team Sky a long time ago.

Lappartient acknowledged that Team Sky acted within the rules to obtain the TUEs, but criticized the team for its practices nonetheless and anxious that the case would damage the sport's credibility.

"I have never seen anything like that". "This is someone trying to smear me. That's all I can do, worry about myself".

Froome, meanwhile, has rubbished the select committee report.

One of the many big talking points to arise from the MPs" report was the contents of the "jiffy bag' delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine.

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"I'm proud to be part of the team", he said.

"I can not say I know a lot about Brad's use of it in or out of competition", Sutton, who gave evidence to the committee previous year, said.

Sutton also described as "laughable" claims he had bullied Freeman over the use of TUEs.

The 55-year-old had been discussing recent the recent allegations about Sir Bradley Wiggins, when he confused cyclist Wiggins with The Chase host Walsh. "That's definitely a question for them", the Welshman added.

"I just don't know any more in this sport - you are damned if you do, damned if you don't".

"That's one for those three to sort out".

Sky said Wednesday that they are "happy to co-operate with any investigation" by thee UCI.

In this case, and contrary to the testimony of David Brailsford in front of the committee, we believe that drugs were being used by Team Sky, within the WADA rules, to enhance the performance of riders, and not just to treat medical need.

We strongly refute this allegation (and) we are surprised and disappointed that the committee has chosen to present an anonymous and potentially malicious claim in this way, without presenting any evidence or giving us an opportunity to respond.

A team statement said: "We welcome any review by the UCI which can help establish the nature of the evidence relied on by the Committee in coming to its conclusions".

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